Mo State professor charged with stabbing murder of another professor in his home

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SPRINGFIELD,  Mo. — A professor at Missouri State University has been arrested and charged in the deadly stabbing of another professor.

Edward M. Gutting, 43, was charged Thursday with second-degree murder, assault, burglary and armed criminal action in connection with the killing of retired MSU professor Marc Cooper, 66.

Cooper’s wife was also stabbed but is expected to survive.

Gutting, meanwhile, is being held in the Greene County Jail on $1 million bond.

According to the probable cause document, Marc and Nancy Cooper were sitting inside their home on Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. when Gutting came in through the back door wielding a large knife. Gutting allegedly chased Marc Cooper through the kitchen into the living room, knocked him down and stabbed him to death, according to the statement. Nancy Cooper was cut as she tried to fight with Gutting, who reportedly stands at 6’5″.

Police say they found Gutting at the location when they arrived. He was covered in blood, according to the statement. He was arrested without incident.

Charging documents do not provide any information about a possible motive for the killing.

“We do believe we understand what happened,” Capt. Vance Holland said in a news conference Thursday afternoon. “But we are still piecing together the why.”


Missouri State University issued a statement saying Cooper was an emeritus history professor, and Gutting is an instructor of modern and classical languages. The university placed the suspect, an instructor in modern and classical languages on administrative leave after the arrest.

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